Two teens on stolen cycle crash and die Three others are killed in weekend accidents.

July 20, 1992|By Ann LoLordo and Norris P. West | Ann LoLordo and Norris P. West,Staff Writers Staff writer Melody Simmons contributed to this story.

Two Baltimore County teen-agers killed last night while speeding around a curve on a stolen motorcycle in Northeast Baltimore were among the five people who died in traffic accidents over the weekend.

Shelton L. Jones Jr., 17, of the first block of Comet Court, and Ronald D. Mack Jr., 19, of the first block of Solar Circle, both off Perring Parkway in an apartment development north of the city line, were killed when the motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve in the 6200 block of Perring Parkway, near Northern Parkway, and hit a guardrail shortly after 9 p.m.

City traffic investigators said the motorcycle was going above the speed limit.

Both teens were thrown from the motorcycle. They died at the scene, just inside the city line, police said.

The 1988 Honda motorcycle they were riding had been reported stolen yesterday from Craig Eandrea, of the 1300 block of Deanwood Road in Hillendale.

Also last night in Northeast Baltimore, two men were injured critically when a motorcycle ran into a car at Northern Parkway and Harford Road. Another of the weekend fatalities was a motorcyclist in Carroll County.

The city victims, Lance J. Fortune, 22, of the first block of Rockywood Lane near Essex, and James A. Nooft, 32, of Port Deposit, were flown by Med-Evac helicopter to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, said Officer Joseph B. Johnson, a traffic investigator. Both were in critical but stable condition today, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Officer Johnson said the accident occurred when a motorcycle being operated by Mr. Nooft northbound on Harford Road ran a red light at 8:25 p.m.

The motorcycle struck an eastbound car driven by Mr. Fortune's wife, Jeanette C. Fortune, 21.

Mr. Fortune was being treated for internal bleeding and a fractured pelvis. Mr. Nooft received severe head injuries and a broken arm.

Mrs. Fortune was in satisfactory condition today at Francis Scott Key Medical Center with a broken hand.

Officer Johnson said the accident remains under investigation.

The other three weekend traffic fatalities were in Baltimore and Carroll counties, including the third motorcycle fatality.

Brian E. Barnes, 39, of the 3700 block of Singer St. in Hampstead, was riding his motorcycle on Upper Beckleysville Road in Hampstead about 1:15 a.m. yesterday when he lost control of the vehicle while rounding a curve too fast, police said.

The motorcycle struck a curb, crossed two lanes of traffic and hit a telephone pole. Mr. Barnes died at Carroll County General Hospital, said State Police Cpl. Kerin Anders.

Mr. Barnes, who was not wearing a helmet, apparently had been drinking, police reported.

In a second Carroll County accident early Saturday, Brian C. McCauley, 19, of the 1800 block of Old Taneytown Road in Westminster, died after his car ran off a road.

Mr. McCauley was driving south on Crouse Mill Road, just outside Taneytown, when he failed to negotiate a curve. His Chevrolet Geo struck an embankment and overturned several times before coming to rest on its roof, police said.

Mr. McCauley died at Shock-Trauma. A 15-year-old female passenger was not injured in the 4:13 a.m. accident, police said.

The other three traffic fatalities involved motorists in Baltimore and Carroll counties.

A 30-year-old Perry Hall man was killed early Saturday when his truck was struck by an alleged drunken driver, police said.

Dimitris Vakiaros of the first block of Cross Wall Court was driving a Dodge Raider south on Perry Hall Boulevard at Rossville Boulevard at 3:40 a.m. when his truck was hit by a Toyota Paseo driven by Heather Wheeler, 21, of the first block of Leatherwood Place, police said.

The truck went over a guardrail and rolled about 70 feet down an embankment. Mr. Vakiaros was ejected from his truck.

He died shortly after 5 a.m. at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Mr. Vakiaros had been on his way to work. He operated Pete's Grill, a small restaurant in Waverly, with his father-in-law.

Ms. Wheeler was treated at Key for minor injuries. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and released on her own recognizance, police said.

The state's attorney's office will review the case, and other charges are pending, police said.

The highway fatality count in the state for 1992 stands at 316, compared with 360 at this time last year, State Police said.

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